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Systemic associations of anterior uveitis in a tertiary care ophthalmic centre in south India.
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PMID:  22570117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Anterior uveitis is the most common form of uveitis in most regions of the world. A recent study reported that 50 % of patients with anterior uveitis have a related systemic illness. The most common cause of anterior uveitis to date remains idiopathic (45-50 %), followed by HLA-B27-positive acute anterior uveitis. Ours is a retrospective study of the clinical records of 42 patients with anterior uveitis seen at a tertiary care eye hospital in south India. To diagnose the associated systemic disease, the investigations carried out were erythrocyte sedimentation rate, red and white blood cell counts, anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) analysis and HLA-B27 antigen determination. Based on clinical features, patients were also investigated for serum angiotensin-converting enzyme, high-resolution computed tomography scan, Mantoux test and QuantiFERON-TB Gold test. American College of Rheumatology criteria were followed to diagnose spondyloarthropathies and juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Of the 42 patients, 14 (33.33 %) were HLA-B27-positive and the remaining 28 (66.66 %) HLA-B27-negative. Overall, 32 of the 42 had no causative association, three patients were diagnosed with JIA, two with ankylosing spondylitis, two were associated with systemic tuberculosis, two with sarcoidosis and one with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome. Our case series shows the incidence of various systemic diseases associated with anterior uveitis. Though the overall incidence of HLA-B27-positive acute anterior uveitis in our series (33 %) is similar to that in the Western literature, only 14 % of such patients were positive for a spondyloarthropathy. A few interesting cases like HLA-B27-positive, ANA-negative JIA presenting with chronic persisting anterior uveitis were also seen.
Gaurav Mathur; Jyotirmay Biswas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  International ophthalmology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2630     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7904294     Medline TA:  Int Ophthalmol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Nethralaya, 18, College Road, Chennai, 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India,
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